Technology Development Institute hosts precision machining capabilities

Kansas State University Technology Development Institute (TDI) has purchased an OMAX abrasive waterjet cutting system following a $1.7 million Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant awarded l ‘last year. TDI invested in a total renovation of the store facilities in support of this initiative.

This state-of-the-art fabrication machine can cut any type of material up to 8 inches thick, including aluminum, steel, plastic, non-tempered glass, and more. The waterjet cutting system creates a process that combines water and high pressure to cut through any type of material. The OMAX waterjet has 5-axis bevel capability allowing more degrees of freedom for intricate cuts with exact dimensions, ensuring consistency with every part. Another advantage of this technology is the IntelliETCH function allowing the water jet to complete the engraving on the materials. Engraving can range from writing part numbers on parts to engraving a design which can combine technology and artistic design. Each material requires different pressures from the water jet to complete the creation. With this new machinery, the department can realize these designs.

Jeff Tucker, Executive Director of the Technology Development Institute, said, “We are excited to introduce the first of many new technologies to our organization. The impact this equipment will allow our organization to provide to fabricators and contractors across the state of Kansas will be significant. »

To see the TDI Omax Waterjet System unboxing and features in action, visit: https://youtu.be/JtlkprrqTCU

The K-State Technology Development Institute, as the academic center for economic development administration of the United States Department of Commerce, provides a wide range of engineering and business development services to private industry and university researchers to make advancing the commercial readiness of new products or technologies. The institute is part of the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering. Additional information is available at www.k-state.edu/tdi.

Ruby A. Robillard